Rehabilitation nurses are registered nurses who specialize in helping patients of all ages with an array of disabling injuries or illnesses. They help patients with severe injuries or illnesses regain their health and independence and/or help patients with permanent disabilities or chronic illnesses achieve and maintain maximum function. Rehabilitation nursing can be an incredibly rewarding career choice, especially for those with a strong desire to make a distinct difference in their patients’ lives.
Rehabilitation nurse salary
Staff rehabilitation nurses earned an average annual salary of $65,870 in 2020. Breaking this down, staff nurses earned about $1,267 per week and $31.68 per hour, but travel nurses in equivalent roles can expect to earn more. According to 2019 salary data from NurseFly, travel rehabilitation nurses earned a gross average salary of $1,597 per week in 2019. This salary may include untaxed compensations, such as housing allowances and meal stipends, for travel nurses who claim a permanent tax home.
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What are the best agencies for Rehabilitation Nurse jobs?
The agencies on NurseFly that currently have the most Rehabilitation Nurse jobs are Ardor Health Solutions (37), Stability Healthcare (34), and TotalMed Staffing (21).
How Much Do Rehabilitation Nurse Jobs Pay?
For jobs available on NurseFly as of Saturday, April 10th 2021, the average weekly pay for Rehabilitation Nurse jobs is $1,702, but can pay up to $3,317 per week. In 2021, Rehabilitation Nurses jobs on Nursefly paid a gross average weekly pay of $1,570 per week working an average of 36 hours per week. This includes non-taxable compensation like living stipends, meal stipends, and housing which add up to an average value of $971 per week.
- min - $966
- avg - $1,702
- max - $3,317
What does a Rehabilitation nurse do?
Rehabilitation nurses provide therapy and comfort to patients with temporary or permanent disabilities. They educate patients and their loved ones about the techniques needed to help the patient develop self-care skills and move towards optimal health and mobility. A rehabilitation nurse also helps permanently disabled patients adapt to their altered lifestyles while promoting physical, emotional, and psychosocial wellness. Other tasks a rehabilitation nurse may do include:
Performing hands-on nursing care to achieve positive outcomes for patients
Developing individualized care plans and reality-based goals along with the patients, their families, doctors, and other members of an interdisciplinary rehabilitation team to promote overall wellness and maximum independence
Collaborating with the rehabilitation team to foster patients’ independence and achieve overall goals
Assisting and teaching patients to live with and appropriately manage their chronic injuries and/or illnesses
Preparing patients and their loved ones for future self-management to continue rehabilitation efforts
Where do Rehabilitation nurses work?
Rehabilitation nurses work in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings in various acute to subacute rehabilitation facilities. These include general or community hospitals with or without rehabilitation units. Practice settings may also include outpatient rehabilitation clinics, long-term care or assisted living facilities, educational institutions, teaching hospitals, Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers, private practices, home health agencies, patients’ homes, and insurance companies.
What skills make a good Rehabilitation nurse?
Good rehabilitation nurses have the clinical skills and specialized knowledge required to effectively care for patients with physical disabilities, chronic illnesses, or disabling injuries. They’re skilled at using medical devices and other equipment required for various rehabilitative therapies and creating/implementing patient-centered rehabilitation plans with realistically attainable goals. Rehabilitation nurses are exceptionally well-versed in preparing patients and their loved ones for future self-care and self-management. They also possess effective oral and written communication skills to establish a rapport with patients and their families. Above all, these nurses are immensely skilled at being supportive and encouraging, possessing a positive attitude and an abundance of patience and empathy.
How to become a Rehabilitation Travel Nurse?
The first step to becoming a rehabilitation travel nurse is to become an RN by obtaining an associate or bachelor’s degree from an accredited nursing program. Graduates must pass the NCLEX-RN licensing exam, then obtain RN licensing through their state’s nursing board. While certification isn’t typically required, earning the Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse certification through the Rehabilitation Nursing Certification Board increases employment opportunities.